Mount Vernon Resident Beats the Odds

Wins $100,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658


Mount Vernon, IL—October 8, 2013 — “I never thought I would beat the odds and win the lottery! Now I know it really can happen,” Cheryl Allen said after winning $100,000 playing the Illinois Lottery instant game 50X The Cash. The Mount Vernon resident said she buys one instant ticket every month on payday, but never imagined she would win a prize this large. “I’m still in a state of disbelief!”

Allen said she believes she has her sister to thank for the 50X The Cash win. “I don’t usually go to the store on a Saturday morning but my sister asked me to meet her there. I was waiting for her when I put my money into the self-service lottery machine and chose this ticket. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have won.” Allen took her ticket home and used a quarter to scratch it. After checking it over “at least four times,” she realized it was a big winner and immediately signed the back of the ticket.

Plans for the windfall are to pay bills and help her sister buy a car. “I will be debt free because of this win.” Allen bought her winning ticket at Louie’s Country Corner, 16719 North 1000th Street in Effingham. The retailer will receive a $1,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

50X The Cash is a $20 instant ticket with more than $45 million in prizes ranging from $50 to $100,000. For more information, please visit

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Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.